Intelligent video systems are changing the way cities leverage their network of surveillance cameras. Rather than manually processing data in a slow, inefficient and inaccurate manner, data is processed in real time by AI algorithms, allowing for broader data collection, better insights and more effective action to be taken.
Here are five insights smart cities can get from intelligent video systems and how they can use them to improve quality of life for residents.
Intelligent Video Systems Make Smart Cities Smarter
1. Identify and Improve High Crime Areas
Public resources are finite, so it is important for authorities to allocate public resources, like police officers, as accurately and effectively as possible. Understanding which areas of the city are at the highest risk of crime and how that risk changes throughout the day is essential.
An intelligent video surveillance system will automatically flag anomalies like crime in real time, allowing authorities to respond faster. Video footage also provides essential evidence and the information authorities need to gather data solve more crimes faster.
As public officials use data from intelligent video systems, they’ll gain the information they need to better allocate their resources to the areas of the city that need them most. Ultimately, the goal of identifying high crime areas is to provide better protection and quality of life for everyone who lives, works, and travels through those areas so all populations feel safe and respected.
2. Improve Public Spaces
Public spaces are a focal point of cities and a feature that every city has to consistently monitor and improve. But it’s often difficult for city officials to understand how well these spaces are working and what can be improved.
Smart camera systems provide a way for officials to gather data and insights quickly and on a city-wide scale so they can identify which parks are the most crowded, which public offices have the longest wait times and what kinds of additional public spaces will best meet the needs of the local and tourist populations. Officials become much more informed with intelligent video systems and public areas and public services improve dramatically as a result.
3. Decrease Congestion and Boost Traffic Flow
Traffic is a contentious issue in nearly every city, especially with increasing urbanization. Video surveillance puts more power to improve the situation in the hands of city planners.
By placing smart cameras with video analytics throughout the city at key traffic points such as intersections and car parks, a stream of data can be collected, sorted and used to make drastic improvements. Areas of high congestion, frequent accidents, and little parking can be identified, and steps can be taken to improve them. Real-time updates and diversions can also be delivered to street signs, improving the flow of traffic during peak periods and helping residents to find parking much faster.
4. Track Populations and Vehicles
Population and tourist tracking can help smart cities design more effective public services and development plans. For example, it’s important for everyone’s safety that city officials have a grasp of how many people enter the city every day and how many cars are on key roadways. How else can they provide adequate safety, manage roadways and ensure public services are sufficiently staffed?
Intelligent video systems give officials the ability to track people and vehicles on a real-time and historical basis and produce data and insights which can be used to make the city a better, more resident and tourist focused place to live and visit. Smart video analytics can highlight consistently maxed-out parking, helping justify an investment in smart parking tools that improve the situation, for instance.
5. Locate People of Interest
Intelligent video systems naturally alleviate privacy concerns about monitoring everyday citizens by highlighting only anomalous footage and deleted the rest. This makes it possible smart cities to strategically use video surveillance to locate people of interest without causing public concern.
For example, cities can use CCTV intelligent video analysis to look for and locate criminals and missing persons. It is vital authorities find both kinds of residents as quickly as possible. Rather than review the footage of hundreds of cameras themselves — a process which could take days — AI in intelligent video systems scans footage as it is captured and immediately alert authorities as soon as the person in question has been recorded and identified. Data on other residents is automatically deleted.
Use Intelligent Video Analytics to Improve Quality of Life in Smart Cities
Smart cities regularly use surveillance cameras to keep citizens and businesses safe. But with intelligent video analytics software, they can be used for so much more. From improving services to changing infrastructure, all the while significantly increasing resident safety, smart cameras are helping to make smart cities that much smarter. The result is a higher quality of life for residents, better tourist infrastructure investments, and more insights without an increase in privacy concerns.